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>> The Trump administration, Friday, rolling back an Obamacare mandate that employer-provided health insurance cover birth control.>> Religious liberty, that's a big one.>> Religious groups are already allowed to deny their employees insurance coverages for services they oppose on religious or moral grounds. The new rules Friday brought in those exemptions to nonprofit and for profit organizations.
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Reuters healthcare reporter Caroline Humer.>> The two rules basically just blew a hole through the mandate. If you're a corporation, you could find an exemption. You would have to prove it, but you could find it, and that would affect millions of women. But it's not clear from speaking to experts that that is the path that most corporations will go down.
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>> At the same time, the Justice Department unveiled new so-called religious liberty guidance that will likely serve as a legal roadmap to justify these new rules. And help the Trump administration chip away at the contraception coverage requirements in the Affordable Care Act. Those requirements had faced legal challenges from the get-go.
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Some private businesses sued regarding their rights to circumvent such coverage. And the Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that they could object to the rule on religious grounds. And while the effects of Friday's rules are as of yet unknown, what is known is their political purpose.>> President Trump has had a bit of a tough time in health care.
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Politically, this has been damaging for him. Evangelicals, Christians, some of them really wanted this mandate removed. It's something he campaigned on. He promised it back in May. And recently, he's had the defeat of his health care law. Today's effort, it was across three different agencies, sort of a triple rollout.
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It just shows sort of a push, a way to maybe pull back in some of those supporters.>>
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62 million American women currently have access to free contraceptives and related treatments under the Affordable Care Act. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the administration on Friday in San Francisco federal court, asserting constitutional and procedural claims against the change.